Chris Metzen on why he needed to leave Blizzard

After 23 years at Blizzard, we were all a little surprised to hear that Chris Metzen had actually retired.

He’d helped guide the development of every major franchise at the company and thanks to his infectious enthusiasm on Blizzcon’s stage each year, to many fans, he was the public face of Blizzard Entertainment.

And yet just two months ago, at the age of 42, not just from Blizzard but from the wider world of video games. What had happened?

Blizzard story overlord Chris Metzen retires aged 42

Chris Metzen is retiring. He’s leaving Blizzard Entertainment after more than 20 years’ service. He, the overseer of story at arguably the world’s most successful game maker. He, the earring-wearing cool guy on the BlizzCon stage. He, the voice of Thrall. Retiring. And he’s only 42.

Metzen is retiring because, let’s face it, he can, and because he has a wife and three kids – including a newborn baby – to focus on. “That’s my career now,” .

“I had just turned 20 years old when I started working at Blizzard,” the letter began. “Seems like a lifetime ago. Guess it was.

Blizzard erects statue in Taiwan

To commemorate its 25th anniversary Blizzard Entertainment has erected a statue of World of Warcraft villain Lich King Arthas Menethil in Taiwan.

Created by Taiwanese designer, Steve Wang, this 14ft bronze sculpture is located on the Calligraphy Greenway in Taichung, Taiwan. It weighs 4k and Blizzard released the following video showing how it was made:

It took over 30 people upwards of nine months to create this incredibly detailed piece of metal.

Blizzard is hiring for a new Diablo game

Blizzard is going to make another Diablo game, according to a new job listing.

As found on the studio’s , there’s a listing for game director on an unannounced Diablo project.

“Blizzard Entertainment is seeking a game director with outstanding communications skills, proven experience in creative direction, strongability in system design, and a stellar track record of shipping AAA games to lead the Diablo series into the future,” the listing said.

Diablo 3 director retires from games industry after 17 years

Diablo 3 director Jay Wilson is leaving Blizzard Entertainment after a decade with the company.

“Sad to say after 10 of the best years of my life this will be my last week at Blizzard, and in the games industry,” Wilson said on .

“I’m leaving to pursue my original passion, writing. It’s what I was doing when I fell into this job, and I’ve always wanted to return to it,” he .